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Mike Sanchez

Mike-SanchezBritish singer, pianist and guitarist Mike Sanchez is one of the most exciting and charismatic performers of Rhythm & Blues and Rock ‘n’ Roll in the world today. His indelible image as a frenetic front man, pumping powerful boogie-woogie from the piano in a soaking red suit, has won him fans from all over the world and attracted a following from many famous rock and blues legends who have lined up to work with him. Mike is currently a full-time member of Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, now fronting the band for year running alongside Georgie Fame, Beverley Skeete, Albert Lee and Andy Fairweather Low on their annual world tours.Outside of Rhythm King commitments, Mike is involved in a number of recording projects and touring line-ups, most notably his 8-piece outfit including legendary guitarist Andy Silvester, ex-Biscuit Boy bassist Al Gare, drummer Mark Morgan, vocalist Imelda Clabby and The Harlem Horns (Al Nicholls, Dave Priseman, Pete Cook).This band’s 2001 release ‘Blue Boy’ (MS 003) continues to receive fabulous reviews throughout the blues and rockin’ scenes across the UK and Europe.A brand new project this year was the launch of Mike’s own label and on-line store Doopin Music at www.doopin.com where the first release was Mike’s collaboration with top Swedish bluesmen Knock-Out Greg & Blue Weather, creating the hot rockin’ album ‘Women & Cadillacs’ also released on the Swedish label Last Buzz Records. In 2002 Mike released a debut 85 minute video titled ‘Red Hot…Live!’ featuring live footage of his solo act, his UK band and The Mike Sanchez Rhythm & Blues Revue, an Alan Freed/Johnny Otis style rock’n’roll show starring doo-wop vocal trio The Extraordinaires and the stunning vocalist Imelda Clabby. This video has now also been released on DVD.Up and coming releases on Doopin Music for 2004 include a debut Rhythm & Blues Revue double album and a collection of tracks recorded with some of Mike’s star friends including the legendary Albert Lee.This year has also seen Mike as co-producer and film soundtrack recording artist for the movie ‘I’ll Be There’ starring Charlotte Church and Craig Ferguson.Mike Sanchez was born Jesus Miguel Sanchez Bastida in London’s East End to Spanish parents Jesus and Manola on the 17th of February 1964. At the age of eleven, his family moved to Worcestershire in the West Midlands where Mike took up the piano, developing a strong love for 1950s’ American roots music through his high school years. As a teenager he taught himself guitar and formed The Rockets, a rockabilly trio. Mike was soon introduced to former Chicken Shack, Savoy Brown and Steve Gibbons’ multi-instrumentalist Andy Silvester by Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, which led to the founding of the Big Town Playboys in 1984, specialising in authentic post-war Rhythm & Blues. Procol Harum pianist Gary Brooker became an early fan and introduced Mike to his friends Eric Clapton and Amen Corner’s Andy Fairweather Low. The latter signed up as guitarist with the Big Town Playboys for two years in the 1990s. Fleetwood Mac’s Mick Fleetwood is another good friend who regularly involves Mike in his plans wherever possible.Mike recorded a number of albums including the classic rockabilly album ‘Crazy Legs’ with guitar great Jeff Beck in 1993. The Big Town Playboys had various stints opening for Eric Clapton at London’s Royal Albert Hall and appeared at many European music festivals, backing bluesmen like Lowell Fulson, Don & Dewey, Joe Hughes, Jimmy Nelson, Carey Bell and the great Little Willie Littlefield.Last year Mike was honoured to be voted ‘UK Keyboard Player of the Year’ for the fourth year running by the well-established magazine Blues in Britain. Mike’s main aim has always been to make every live show his best yet as he continuously enjoys growing acclaim and admiration for his electrifying stage performances from new and old fans of all age groups across the world.